Can I File a Claim for a Slip and Fall Accident on Snow or Ice?
Wintertime is often seen as a magical time of year, with the falling snow often adding to the magical ambience of the season. Unfortunately, this snow and subsequent ice can cause falls and injuries. After sustaining injuries in a slip and fall accident, you may be wondering what your options are for compensation.
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When looking at your options after a fall because of snowy and icy conditions, it is important to keep a few things in mind. Besides knowing how you were injured and to what degree, you also have to examine how much responsibility the owner of the property had to keep the area clear of snow and ice and if they managed to live to that responsibility. Consulting a personal injury lawyer can help you answer these questions.
Snow Removal Responsibility
Depending on the property that you fell on, the level of responsibility the owner has will vary. There are two kinds of property in these situations: commercial and residential. Both of these property types have different standards of responsibility for people on their property.
Residential properties have a lower standard of responsibility to keep snow and ice clear. This is because when someone is on a residential property there is no expectation that the owner of the property is not furthering a commercial profit-generating business. If the property owner makes the conditions worse than they would be naturally.
Commercial properties, including apartments, businesses, and stores, have a higher standard of clearing snow and ice. Though they are expected to keep their property clear of dangers. It’s important to remember that this only applies to foreseeable dangers. If there was no foreseeable danger then there can be no successful lawsuit, even with an injury.
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Do I Need a Lawyer?
Getting a lawyer can help you determine if there is an option for a lawsuit and how to proceed. There can be many confusing aspects of filing a lawsuit and having a lawyer will take care of those confusing aspects. A lawyer will also answer any questions that you have throughout the claims process.
A lawyer will also help you establish the cause of the fall and if the fall could have been prevented. Several legal aspects will need to be covered when considering a lawsuit. Having a lawyer will ensure that all of these will be covered and that you get the legal help you need.
Having a lawyer also means that insurance companies will leave you alone. One of the main tools that a business will have when someone files a lawsuit regarding a fall to snowy conditions is to have an insurance company. With a lawyer, the insurance company will not be able to contact you and will have to go through your lawyer instead.
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For more information about what your options are after a fall due to snow or ice, please contact our office at 732-564-7165. Our personal injury lawyers will be able to help you find what your options are.
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